How Many 38 brass in a 5 gallon bucket thats 80% full?


Ben Shepherd
September 20, 2005, 12:45 AM
I have a sickness obviously- But I'll let 'ya all know in a couple weeks, after I've had time to sort. Anyone want to guess- post your number.

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September 20, 2005, 08:49 AM
Guess 3000-3500.

I get 1700 ea. 30-06 brass in a Pennzoil Long Life 5 gallon bucket.

Brian Williams
September 20, 2005, 08:50 AM


swan hunter
September 20, 2005, 09:44 AM
Wouldn't that be about 4 gallons????? :cool: :cool:

September 20, 2005, 10:07 AM

September 20, 2005, 10:40 AM
Math Challenge
Wouldn't that be about 4 gallons?????

You are correct. I was figuring for 5 gallon.

September 20, 2005, 10:44 AM

September 20, 2005, 11:36 AM
I'd say more than two.

Brian Williams
September 20, 2005, 12:25 PM
I forgot to ask. Is it 38 spec, Super, long colt, short colt, s&w?????

Probably between one and two million

September 20, 2005, 12:34 PM
as the pirahã would say, "many."

September 20, 2005, 12:35 PM
I've gotten more than 6000rnds of 9mm in a .30cal ammo can. I'm guessing at .38spl. I know that a one gallon bag will hold ~1000 .38spls. It being more flexible than the bucket. Still, I've got to go with 4468


September 20, 2005, 04:54 PM
All of them.

September 20, 2005, 05:51 PM
I've gotten more than 6000rnds of 9mm in a .30cal ammo can

How in the world did you do that ? I can only fit about 1300 115JHP.

A 5 gallon bucket holds 4400 45 ACP (I know, I counted - a couple of weeks ago).

38 special I would say 5200 if filled to the absolute fullest, so 80% will be 4900.


The Bushmaster
September 20, 2005, 08:08 PM
Let me know when you find out Mr. Ben Sheperd.... :neener:

Mike Kerr
September 21, 2005, 12:48 AM
"About 80% Full" . Its that about that skewers the whole estimate. What the heck. Ill say 4,600- about.


:) :) :)

September 21, 2005, 07:43 AM
Measured a box of 1000 .38 spcl's last night, 10" x 10" x ~3" = 300 cubic inches. 231 cubic inches per gallon, so about 770 cases per gallon.

my guess about 3100 in a 5 gallon bucket 80% filled.

September 21, 2005, 11:26 AM
no way pfc, any actual thought gets you disqualified right out! we are only shooting from the hip here :neener:

September 21, 2005, 01:03 PM

Ben Shepherd
September 21, 2005, 07:48 PM
For the record it's 38 special brass.

September 21, 2005, 10:04 PM
Weigh the bucket with the brass, dump the brass into another bucket and weigh the bucket, subtact that from the total. The weight in pounds times 103 for commercial brass or times 92 for military .38 brass will get you very very close!

The Bushmaster
September 21, 2005, 10:12 PM
And your answer (guess)??? Fecmech?? :evil:

September 23, 2005, 01:05 PM
One dollar Bob!!!

September 24, 2005, 01:36 AM
Interesting. I have a 5 gallon bucket that is probably 95% full of .40S&W brass, and I keep wondering how many are in there as well so I can plan a bullet/powder/primer purchase for it. heh. I'm thinking maybe 4500 or so.

For this post, I'll say 3500 of .38 brass.

September 25, 2005, 03:06 AM
All right dag-nabbit! You posted, We guessed. We don't expect any prizes except braggin rights.

So how many cases are in the bucket?


**BigSlick, That count on the 9mm was empty cases. And you've got to shake the ammo can a-lot when you get to 5,500 then you can rattle another 500 in.

September 25, 2005, 09:39 AM
he may need more than five days to get the counting done.

September 27, 2005, 04:14 PM
I always figure out by weight. Weigh like 5-6 cases, take an average, figure out how many in a pound, then weigh the bucket separately, like listed above.

I'm not even gonna try to guess....

Ben Shepherd
September 27, 2005, 10:02 PM
I'll admit I'm not counting EVERY round while counting but I am going to weigh 50 random cases, average the weight and do the conversion.

Before anyone whines my 80% is much more subjective than my case counting method.

Sides you'll know about how many cases you're getting in that bucket at the yard sale, right? :D

The Bushmaster
September 27, 2005, 10:26 PM
Hey Ben...You going to do this for all calibres for us??? Now that IS nice of you... :D

Ben Shepherd
October 6, 2005, 07:18 PM
I can do it in 9mm, 40 S&W, 357, 41, and 44 mag, also 223, 308, and 30-06. (I'm not going to however :neener: , cause all the other stuf is sorted by headstamp already) But I don't shoot anything else in enough volume to keep that many cases around.

Answer early next week. Going on a long weekend break.

See 'ya all later.

The Bushmaster
October 6, 2005, 08:49 PM
I just KNEW it was too good to be true...Have a good weekend Ben...

Mike Kerr
October 6, 2005, 11:11 PM
Hey wait a minute.

" Answer early next week. Going on a long weekend break.

See 'ya all later"

Taking a break? What about us? ;) . We need to know.


:) :) :)

October 7, 2005, 02:21 PM
My guess is 6238.

October 7, 2005, 06:32 PM
Best way to find the number of .38 cases might be to fill that bucket 80% full with those little 50 count boxes then count them!! :D

The Bushmaster
October 7, 2005, 08:35 PM
Or...Wait for Ben to return...Impatiantly I might add... :neener:

October 8, 2005, 11:31 AM

Ben Shepherd
October 21, 2005, 09:43 PM
Sorry about the delay not teasing, just VERY busy at work. Here's what I come up with:

I weighed 100 cases, ALL were within a 1/2 grain of 68 grains.

Bucket full weighed 53 lbs. bucket empty weighed 1.3 lbs.

So with the conversion factor of 7000grains= 1 pound I come up with about 5322 pieces of 38 special brass. All "once fired" federal range pick-ups.:D

If my math is correct I paid .005 cents each piece.:D

EDIT: Math correction

The Bushmaster
October 21, 2005, 09:51 PM
WHAT!!! After all that and you're guessin"??!!!?? That would not be an accurate count...You could be off by a hundred cases. Everyone has been waiting for the exact count and you weigh them and do an educated guess???:banghead: And we were expectin' you to sit down and count each and every one of those cases so we could settle this once and for all.:D :neener: :evil:

The empty bucket weighed 51.7 pounds??? Heavy bucket.:D

October 22, 2005, 09:18 AM
I demand a re-count.

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